Your charity knitting can warm heads on the front lines of battle through Hats for Israeli Soldiers
I have written about charity knitting efforts for people in the military many times; however, these have all (or nearly all) been for American military. (I am, after all, in the United States!) This does not, however, mean that Knitting for Charity doesn’t support military men and women all over the world; on the contrary, I know that it is difficult to be a soldier anywhere. Being American, I simply hear more about charity knitting initiatives for American troops than for any other country.
However, recently I did discover a knitting charity called Hats for Israeli Soldiers. I am proud of Knitting for Charity’s long history in highlighting charities that exist elsewhere in the world, and I’m equally excited to offer this charity knitting opportunity.
As you may know, Israel is one of the most war-torn countries in the world. Its military plays an extremely vital role in maintaining the safety of its citizens. This is a military that faces constant danger and hardship.
Hats for Israeli Soliders was begun by a woman named Channah. On the Hats for Israeli Soldiers blog, she writes,
As the mother of an Israeli soldier and the organizer of a local group of handcrafters called ‘Chicks with Sticks,’ I began a small grass roots initiative to knit hats for soldiers…and it grew…and grew…and grew. This small, concrete way to send a soldier a little warmth struck a chord with knitters around the world. Thousands of their handmade hats are already in use by combat soldiers on Israel’s front lines.
In fact, since the group’s inception in 2008, over 30,000 hats have been distributed amongst Israeli soldiers! In addition to helping to boost troop morale, these hats really are needed because not only in Israel, but also in other Middle Eastern countries where these troops are stationed, winters can grow very cold indeed.
How You Can Help
If you’d like to take part in this effort, I know Channah would welcome your knitting and crocheting! Do check out the Hats for Israeli Soldiers blog. Just reading her blog will inspire you to knit or crochet for these young men!
The hat pattern can be found on the left sidebar of her blog. There are knitting and crochet versions, along with links offering assistance with circular knitting and mattress stitch, if needed. (Because hats need to conform to military regulations, if you want to knit for this charity, please follow the patterns provided.)
Because the hat pattern is very simple and basic, this is both a great project for beginners (especially since there are flat and circular versions) and a nice, quick project for more experienced knitters.
When you’ve finished hats, you can send them to the address at the bottom of the hat pattern. Be sure to note the “Important Mailing Instructions” on the left sidebar of the blog, to ensure your hats get to soldiers.
Don’t forget to e-mail Channah when you’ve sent hats, so she’ll be expecting them and can let you know when they arrive.
This is a beautiful opportunity to reach across to another part of the world and help young men on the front lines of war. I hope you’ll consider charity knitting for Israeli soldiers!